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Libyan court rules against appointment of new PM

09 June 2014, 14:23

Tripoli - A Libyan high court has ruled that the appointment by the Islamist-led parliament of Ahmed Maiteg as prime minister is unconstitutional.

The decision on Monday by the Supreme Constitutional Court is likely to deepen Libya's political crisis at a time when renegade general Khalifa Hafter is waging an offensive against Islamist militias.

Hafter has warned he will detain Islamist lawmakers, accusing them of financing militias which he blames for much of Libya's chaos.

Maiteg was elected last month by parliament in a contested vote, which prompted incumbent Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni to refuse to hand over the post until the judiciary decided on the matter.

Libya has sunk into chaos in recent past years following the downfall and the killing of long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi in the country's 2011 civil war.

- AP


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